Nitish Kumar meets Nepal President

New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called on Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav here on Thursday.

Both leaders discussed crucial issues, like floods and their effects in both areas.

Kumar described the meeting as fruitful and said both India and Nepal would work towards containing the damage caused by frequent floods.

"The problems of Nepal and India are common to quite an extent. We discussed about the devastating effects of floods that we face each year. People of both the countries will sit down together again. We will work towards this matter and I am thankful to the President for paying attention to this matter," he said.

The 2008 floods in the Kosi Basin of Bihar affected about 3.3 million people in the state.

About a million people were evacuated and about 460,000 given temporary shelter in relief camps.

Kumar also expressed hope that the political situation in Nepal would stabilize.

"We wish that the political deadlock in Nepal should get over, a government gets formed in Nepal and the work of compiling the constitution gets completed soon. We wish them the best," said Kumar.

Nepal is going through tough times for the last seven months, after the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. Its Parliament has failed to find a successor even after 16 rounds of votes.

President Yadav, who is in India on a ten-day state visit, will visit the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh tomorrow, where he will be the chief guest of the convocation ceremony of the institute.

Dr. Yadav will return to Kathmandu on February 5.

This is President Yadav's second visit to India after assuming office in July 2008. It has been organized even as Nepal reels under political uncertainty. (ANI)

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